Monday, April 28, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
- Yesterday, Doris chased me with a dead bird, she thought it was hilarious
- I ate beans for all 3 meals yesterday (and liked it, haha)
- There's a little hole-in-the-wall place in San Lucas where you can get the most amazing pineapple banana smoothies (here they're called liquados) for 5Q! (that's less than $1!!)
- I'm becoming a podcast junky (Francis Chan, Louie Giglio, Andy Stanley, and Steve Bateman are a few of my favorites!)
- I'm planning on getting a masters in art therapy in the next few years
- Here are links to my latest pictures:
Thank you for your prayers, I hope to see you when I get back! May God bless you in incredible ways!
Monday, March 31, 2008
My sweet mom came down two weeks ago and we had a great time. It was great to have her here, and for her to see what I've been talking about. We spent one day in Guatemala City and got to relax and spend time together, it was great! Later, we went to the Oasis and we ate dinner with the girls in the blue house. Mom was a hit! We also went to Antigua (Johnny & Maria Coker were our tour guides, thanks so much!!), and were able to see a procession for Semana Santa (Holy Week). People from the Catholic churches and the community will spend hours making alfombras (carpets made of saw dust, pine straw, flowers, and other stuff) that cover parts of the streets that the parade walk down. Church members are selected to carry huge floats (not balloons, these are big heavy wooden things) down the road. They sway from side to side and carry them down the road, trampling those beautiful carpets that they spent hours on. Other men swing buckets of incense in front of the floats, it was like a big cloud coming down the road. I learned that they make a big deal about Good Friday and the days leading up to Easter Sunday, but after that you hear nothing about Christ's resurrection! It's like they're so close, and yet they miss the point. Jesus is alive!
The girls are doing well, and for the most part they are happy and healthy girls! Please pray for the older ones. Peer pressure can be a problem, and some of them are more interested in impressing each other than doing what it right. I've learned that kids are kids, no matter where in the world they're from! Pray for the younger girls, that they will understand what they're learning, retain it, and excel in school. Pray for the house parents, that they'll have wisdom and patience. Their jobs are not easy but so very important. Pray for the girls to see each other as friends and sisters, and that they'll value each other. Pray for the leadership at Kids Alive, both in Guatemala and around the world. Please pray that I'll have opportunities to love the girls and that the Lord will use me.
My job as of last week has been to enter books into the library cataloging system. It's a slow process but it's coming along! I'm enjoying it. They've also got me working on some photography projects for the girls' sponsors and for the home office. I'm really excited about it! I'm so thankful for this opportunity, and feel so blessed to have this time when I can learn so much and see new things and worship the Lord in a different language! God is good! For those who have supported me and prayed for me, thank you so much! May we all run after the Lord, wherever we are, so we can know, love, and glorify Him!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I'm not sure where to begin! I'm in the middle of my 6th week here, wow, I am amazed at how fast this is flying by. The newness is wearing off, and I feel a little more comfortable everyday. I guess the point is not to be comfortable though...I guess I should say I'm sort of getting used to being here. I don't get nervous anymore when I'm going to the blue house for breakfast and dinner and it's easier for me to ask questions and relay my thoughts. I'm getting to know the girls better and it gives me so much joy when they're excited to see me everyday. Last night one of the girls told me to call her "sister" instead of "friend." I can't put into words how wonderful this is! All of these things are such blessings, and God has completely provided for my needs in so many ways. I love it, but I've noticed that I've started looking for ways to be lazy... ways to get around doing what I don't want to do. I am embarrassed to admit this. The Lord is challenging me to work hard, and run hard after Him daily. He is teaching me to deny myself and my comfort and my selfish desires, and follow Him into the places I don't feel like going. I have to trust Him, that He will never leave me alone. Life is not about being comfortable...
"God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in Him." -John Piper (I've been listening to his sermons on his website- http://www.desiringgod.org
Here's another link to my second photo album from my time down here:
Thursday, February 21, 2008
The last time I posted I thought I'd be writing again later that weekend... my bad. I'm learning that being here is a lot like a roller coaster. One day will be going great and the next will be really tough. That's an obvious statement, yes, but when you're somewhere new & unfamiliar it's amplified. I'm getting used to it though, and I think that's just the way life is when you're not in control. The girls are wonderful, but are human & can be challenging sometimes. I am learning to love when it's hard to love. This is exciting! I think communication is and will be my biggest frustration. Sometimes I just feel like and idiot because all I can get out is, "lo siento, no comprendo" (I'm sorry, I don't understand). It's cool though, I'm being humbled and slowly but surely I'm learning spanish!! Like I said, there are good days and hard days. God is faithful!